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Meaningful useless? Most patients don’t even want EHRs

by Jennifer Bresnick

Stressed and short-changed providers aren’t the only ones complaining about the long and arduous process of converting to electronic health records.  Patients aren’t all that happy with the switch, either.  In a recent survey...

How does the patient’s story feature in accountable care?

by [email protected]

Do patients have experiences or problems? It’s a question of culture that is as important within the face-to-face interactions between physicians and patients as it is with even simple health information technology (IT) tools such as...

What digital access is needed for true patient engagement?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Not only is patient engagement an important component of Stage 2 Meaningful Use, but it is also an integral part of healthcare reform by empowering patients to take an active role in their care. The challenge for healthcare organizations...

Limited EHR access to lead patients to switch providers?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

As eligible hospitals and professionals in the EHR Incentive Programs already know, Stage 2 Meaningful Use ups the ante on patient engagement by requiring these providers to exceed certain thresholds for patient access to health...

Former Allscripts head Tullman dives into mHealth with Zest

by Jennifer Bresnick

There’s plenty of life after Allscripts for former CEO Glen Tullman, whose post-resignation plans have been the subject of industry speculation since 2012.  After announcing his move into mHealth with a new startup this spring, Tullman...

ONC reveals winning apps for Blue Button Plus Challenge

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has awarded the first-, second-, and third-place finishers of the Blue Button Plus (+) Challenge, according HealthITBuzz. The challenge is the third of its...

ONC continues push for Blue Button during National HIT Week

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Patient engagement is an important new requirement for Stage 2 Meaningful Use, and it’s a potential stumbling block for eligible hospitals and professionals failing to exceed the five-percent threshold required on this during this...

Can EHR social networks solve interoperability, HIE woes?

by Jennifer Bresnick

We’ve discussed the role of social media in EHRs, but what about the benefits of EHRs that are shared and commented upon through social networks?  Crowdsourcing rare diagnoses to amateur medical sleuths may still be a contentious topic...

iPads improve mental health screening, accountable care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Letting patients fill out a mental health evaluation on an iPad in the waiting room can help prompt more honest answers and facilitate greater patient engagement says a study published in the latest edition of the Annals of Family...

What meaningful use means to non-meaningful users: CIO series

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Just because a provider is not eligible for or participating in the EHR Incentive Programs, that doesn’t necessarily mean that he can turn a blind eye to meaningful use. In all likelihood, other healthcare organizations in the care...

LinkedIn users debate crowdsourcing, social media in EHRs

by Jennifer Bresnick

Thinking about EHRs as stagnant sources of provider-entered data is a thing of the past.  Online communication is flourishing in all aspects of our lives, and electronic record keeping is maturing, letting data flow in new directions. ...

True engagement is about meeting patients where they are

by Jennifer Bresnick

With Stage 2 and Stage 3 of meaningful use stressing patient engagement more than ever, and accountable care payments hinging on how responsible patients can be about their own health, getting people involved on a larger scale is crucial...

What is the role of social media in electronic health records?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Physicians, lawmakers, and EHR developers alike are constantly looking for ways to improve the experience of using the software, engaging patients, and helping health IT take a central role in improving the quality and delivery of care. ...

ONC mHealth grant helps Ga. cancer patients coordinate care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Cancer patients in Rome, Georgia are getting some new tools to help coordinate their care and access their EHR information thanks to a $1.7 million grant from the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC).  The MyJourney Compass program is...

Why Stage 1 Meaningful Use success may mean Stage 2 failure

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Stage 2 Meaningful Use does not just represent a continuation of measures introduced by Stage 1. Also, it brings with it new challenges for eligible hospitals (EHs) and professionals (EPs) to overcome in order to ensure the next set of EHR...

State HIEs build their own patient portals to boost engagement

by Jennifer Bresnick

After placing first in the Patient Portal for New Yorkers Design Challenge earlier this year, startup firm Mana Health has also won the competitive bidding contract to build an innovative statewide patient portal for New York residents. ...

ONC shows path to Stage 2 Meaningful Use via Blue Button

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Things may be changing at the top spot in the Office of the National Coordinator, but one thing staying the same is the department’s commitment to patient engagement through its support of the Blue Button, the tool which gives patients...

Rethinking e-prescribing can lead to meaningful use of EHRs?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

As the EHR Incentive Programs move forward, subsequent stages of meaningful use aim to increase patient engagement and the flow of information between healthcare organizations, providers, and patients. According to one health IT developer,...

Mostashari and the journey to meaningful use, EHR adoption

by [email protected]

It’s another turn on the journey to the meaningful use of certified EHR technology with Dr. Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM, announcing his resignation from his position as the head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health...

KHIN creates HIE patient portal, accepts patient-provided data

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) is preparing to launch a first-of-its-kind HIE-based patient portal for all members of the statewide system, reports the Wichita Eagle.  Instead of connection to a primary care physician’s...

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